Wauwatosa, Wisconsin — A gunner fired at Mayfair Mall on Friday afternoon, injuring seven adults and one teenager, officials said.
Witnesses described the shooter as a white man in his twenties or thirties, Wauwatosa police chief Barry Weber said at a news conference. Investigators are working to identify the suspect and do not say anything that could have caused the shooting.
“When the ambulance arrived, the shooter was no longer on the scene,” Weber said. When asked if the shooter was still in the mall, the chief replied, “I don’t know.”
The extent of the victim’s injury is unknown, but Weber said there were no “I know” dead.
According to a spokeswoman, Froedtart Hospital and Children’s Wisconsin were notified of the shooting at Mayfair Mall shortly after 3 pm, and the trauma teams at both hospitals were ready to accept patients.
The photo was taken at the entrance of the Northwest Mall near Macy’s at around 2:50 pm. A few hours later, police officers continued to clean up the mall and at-home store, 3201N, as a reunion area for the people inside the mall. I have specified Mayfair Road.
Witnesses in the mall reported multiple gunshots around 3 pm and fled to exits and other places where people could safely evacuate. On-site reporters and news helicopters shot a video of at least four people being loaded into an ambulance in a parking lot.
Outside the mall on Friday night, you could see more than 40 police cars and 100 local and federal law enforcement police officers and agents, some with tactical equipment and shields. It was.
“We should wait patiently for the general public to move away from the area and allow law enforcement officers to secure and investigate the scene,” Weber said.
Later on Friday, mall representatives thanked Wauwatosa police and issued a statement confirming that the mall was closed.
“We were disappointed and angry that our guests and tenants were exposed to this violence today,” the statement read.
Governor Tony Evers said he and his wife were injured and their families, and I pray for a quick recovery..
“We will provide support while the Warwatsa community is tackling this tragedy,” says Evers.
Witness description: “It was very scary”
Two hours after the shooting, the area around the mall was crowded with law enforcement officers, friends and family.
Waseem Dilshad said his uncle was working at a kiosk near Macy’s when he was shot twice. Dill Shad’s cousin was also working at the kiosk and saw a shooting happen. He was on the phone with Dill Shad at the time.
“He cursed and started yelling and said,’I’ll call you back, there’s blood everywhere,'” Dilshad said.
His uncle was taken to Froed Tart Hospital and his cousin remained in the mall, Dilshad said shortly before 5 pm
West Milwaukee’s 20-year-old Cecilia Guerrero covered the interior of an offline by-airy store with her sister Anahi, a family of three and four clerk.
Guerrero said he was in the locked room from around 2:50 pm
“That was very scary,” Guerrero said. “At first I was very nervous because I didn’t know what was going on, but now it’s okay because no one can enter, but I’m very freaky and panicked.”
Guerrero said these shootings were “more common” but didn’t expect to happen there.
24-year-old Samantha Paul had just passed through Mayfair’s second door when a stranger grabbed her arm and said, “Leave. There is a shooter.”
“I was trembling and crying, but I’m still crying,” Paul said. “I am very grateful that she grabbed me.”
As soon as they started running, hundreds of people seemed to be running towards the car, many tried to escape, and others asked the police what was happening.
“I didn’t expect this to happen,” she said. “I love Mayfair. Even if I protested, it was comfortable to go there. (Now) I don’t want to go there again. It was horrifying that this happened at 3pm.”
A shooting happened near Macy’s
Gordon Lugauer was in the back office of the board game Barrister Store when he heard the gunshot.
He said it was “sudden and sudden.”
He returned to the store, where his staff and about six customers fell to the floor.
No one was injured inside the store, but I saw several people injured outside the store on the ground floor of a mall near Macy’s.
A person who was waiting to enter the store due to the rules of social distance was shot in the foot. Lugauer and his employees helped the injured enter the store to wait for emergency medical care.
Jill Woolley said she was in Macy’s with her 79-year-old mother and heard 8-12 bullets from inside the mall.
They fell to the ground for a moment and then ran in the opposite direction.
“Unfortunately, we all have been thinking about what to do in that situation. Unfortunately, it started and we got to a safe place,” she said.
When Woolley and her mother left the mall, she said her mother was upset and police handed her a blanket.
“All of this hasn’t completely sunk yet,” Woolley said. “I think there is some shock.”
A series of the latest shootings
The shooting at the mall was one incident in the Milwaukee area and at least the fourth time this year. Several people were injured in the shooting.
In February, five workers at Molson Coors’ Milwaukee brewery were killed by a 51-year-old colleague who committed suicide.
Two months later, five people were shot dead in Milwaukee’s house, which police described as an act of domestic violence. According to court records, Christopher Stokes called 911 and told the dispatcher that he had “slaughtered the entire family” with a shotgun. Stokes pleaded not guilty for a mental illness or disorder.
In September, a car was pulled up by a crowd of about 100 mourners gathered for a funeral north of Milwalky, and someone in the car fired, injuring seven.
Victims (3 women and 4 men) survived their injuries. The funeral was for recent murder victims.
Mass shootings are usually defined by the federal government as cases with four fatal casualties, but other broader definitions include shootings with at least four injured. I will.
The shooting on Friday was also at least the third reported shooting in or around the mall this year.
In February, Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mencer shot and killed 17-year-old Alvin Cole in a mall parking lot after police said he had fired while Cole was fleeing police. The prosecutor did not prosecute Mencer for his teenage death, and police officers subsequently signed a separation agreement with the military.
According to Tosa, a drug-related incident in a parking lot last month caused a “self-injured gunshot wound in his leg.”
Wauwatosa’s Mayfair Mall has over 150 stores and kiosks on two major levels. Originally built in the 1950s, the mall has over a million square feet of retail space. It is anchored at the Macy’s department store at the northern end.
Mayfair is managed by Brookfield Properties, a global real estate services company based in New York.
Contributions: Elliot Hughes, Ricardo Torres, Evan Casey, Steve Martinez, Sarah Hauer, Chris Kuhagen, Joe Taschler, Cathy Kozlowicz
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